LING 512 Fall 1998
Instructor: José Benkí
TTh 10-11:30am, 3504 Frieze
This course is an introduction to phonetics. We will discuss how speech is produced, what it sounds like, how it is perceived, and how these activities relate to the phonological structure of utterances and particular languages.
This course is part of the required courses for the linguistics Ph.D. program, and the principle audience is the 1st year class of linguistics Ph.D. students. We will cover a lot of material in this course, because for some of you, this may be the only exposure to phonetics some of you will receive, while others require a solid foundation for continuing further work.
- to acquaint you with the research questions and results of phonetics.
- to give you a sufficient background to follow current literature in phonetics.
- to get your feet wet in the phonetics laboratory.
- Three experiments: one on production, one on acoustics, and one on perception. More details to follow. Each experiment will count as 15% of your total grade, and will require about 8-10 hours of work in the lab. You will work with a partner on each experiment.
- Two take-home exams, a midterm and a noncomprehensive final exam. I will assume knowledge of the earlier part of the course in the final. Each exam will count as 20% of your total grade
- Each class you will turn in a summary of the topics covered in the previous class, not to exceed a single handwritten page.
- We will do in-class drills on transcription, production, and spectrogram reading. You should work on your skills outside of class.
- The summaries, your performance on the in-class drills, and class participation will count as the remaining 15% of your total grade.
- If you are persistently late in turning in assignments or if you frequently miss class, you and I should discuss whether you should withdraw from the course.
- There will be readings (TBA) for the course, consisting of articles and handouts.
- As in all graduate courses, if your performance is less than an "A" or "A-" you should be seriously concerned.
- I am often in my office (1085FB) and am happy to see you without an appointment. You can call me (3-9173) or email me (
Sept 8 Syllabus, preliminaries
Oct 13 Halfway point of the term. The midterm exam will likely take place around here.
Dec 10 Last day of class
Dec 16 Final exams due at 5pm
List of topics
Introduction to acoustics and fourier analysis
Laryngeal and pulmonic anatomy; the source-filter theory of speech production
Acoustics and production of vowels, consonants, suprasegmentals
Introduction to hearing
Motor Theory, Direct Realism, Acoustic Invariance, QTS, H&H, TRACE, Articulatory Phonology